Using Dialogue in Your Writing

One of the biggest problem areas I encounter when I’m doing peer reviews or acting as a Judge on Reedsy.com is the way writers handle dialogue. Dialogue is tricky to write – partly because the writer needs to find a voice for their character that is different from their own, AND partly because the punctuationContinue reading “Using Dialogue in Your Writing”

Killing off Characters in your Story or Novel

Death is often used in stories. It could be a murder, a suicide, or only the power of Mother Nature. However, there are critical pitfalls to avoid when using death to enhance the plot of your work. Reasons You Shouldn’t use to eliminate a character: Don’t do it if:            ThisContinue reading “Killing off Characters in your Story or Novel”

Staying on Track with your Writing Goals

Okay, we are beginning the month of February. I blogged last week about attaining your goals for the year and given readers some ideas of how to get started. It is very important that you set S.M.A.R.T goals – they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. (More about S.M.A.R.T goals coming next week.) ButContinue reading “Staying on Track with your Writing Goals”

Processing and Accepting Peer Reviews (even if they’re negative)

One of the great things about participating in writing groups is the opportunity to have your work critiqued by your peers. This can also be one of the hardest things – your peers can often cut you in two with their critiques. Let’s face it, if you have thin skin and overreact to any commentsContinue reading “Processing and Accepting Peer Reviews (even if they’re negative)”

Getting started on Your Writing Goals

With the New Year, most writers begin by setting their goals for the year. Have you set yours? If NOT – go ahead and set something; IT WILL INSPIRE YOU – Writers are driven by DEADLINES. Now that we’ve identified and refined your goal for writing. We have moved on to scheduling some time, andContinue reading “Getting started on Your Writing Goals”

The Cliche and Leaving it out of YOUR writing

If you’ve ever had a peer review, or an editor read your work, you might have been told – Avoid cliches. In fact, it is frowned upon in all kinds of writing – from academic to fictional prose. Why? Cliches are old and tired phrases. According to Oxford, they are phrases or opinions that are overusedContinue reading “The Cliche and Leaving it out of YOUR writing”

Beginning a New Story or Book

This is my first official Blog Post for the year 2021. I apologize to those of you who follow my Blog for writing tips and information. I’m getting off to a slow start – political events sidelined a lot of my work. BUT here I am – ready and willing to present you with aContinue reading “Beginning a New Story or Book”